#WeekendCoffeeShare: In Which I Am Suddenly Very Busy


If we were having coffee, we’d be on the move today. First, we’re off to take the pup to the vet. He seems to be having a relapse of the infection he got earlier this year due to his allergies. I’m hoping we can get a good, long-lasting solution this time–last time there was talk of sending him to an allergist, but I hope we won’t have to go that route.

As soon as we’ve finished up and get the pup home, it’s time to head out for the Christmas parade with Little Jedi and some of our friends. After the parade we’ll probably be ready for a late lunch, and then we’re going to go to the comics shop or one of the local bookstores before heading home to let the kiddos play some video games in the evening.

It’s a busy day in what feels a bit like a string of busy days, but it’s a nice feeling. I’m going to be with my friends and family, and we’re going to be Doing Fun Things. Little Jedi gets along so well with her children, especially her younger boy (who is actually 2 years older than LJ but is the younger of my friends’ 2 children). He hasn’t quite begun to make the kinds of friends that he wants to invite home, and we don’t know many other families here with children near his age, so I’m happy that he has someone to play and socialize with while we adults are hanging out.

I’ve had a difficult few months with my depression and anxiety really kicking in, and this week I felt more motivated than I have since the summer ended. In part, I’ve been missing my blogging partner-in-crime, who has had to step away from blogging and social media for the foreseeable future. Gene’O is fine, but his busy life dictates that he take a break from the blogosphere just now. He has been both a contributor to and a promoter of the blog, and Sourcerer has been its companion, so without them I am re-thinking the way I do some things here. (And just in case I haven’t told you—all of you Sourcerer contributors have a home here on PTM.)

And I’ve started writing for a new project this week. It’s difficult going, because I’m writing about some uncomfortable parts of my own experiences that I don’t talk about very often. But it seems necessary for me to do right now, whether or not I ever actually publish anything I’m writing. It’s cathartic.

I’m also back to doing more work with nonprofit again; this week I picked up a lot of amazing fabric donations (three full trips in my trusty Honda!), and we’ve started to get ready for our annual wardrobe/costume sale that provides most of the organization’s budget. I’ve missed working with them while the director was out of town for a costume design gig, so I’m glad that we’re getting back on track.

In the coming week I’m hoping to keep working on the blog and nonprofit projects, and I’ve also got quite a few things going on with Little Jedi, too. He has a breathing test on Monday, and on Tuesday morning we’ll meet with a pulmonologist to discuss the test and some chest X-rays we’ll do there. He’s been having a lot of difficulties with wheezing and coughing lately, so we’re hoping that the pulmonologist can give us some answers about why and some solutions to the problem(s). Later in the week, I’ll be helping out a holiday party/fundraiser even for his school, and we’ll have to make brownies for that the evening before, too.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Robin of Write On, Sisters will be here on Monday. I’m SO glad to have Robin continuing to write for the Monster Monday series and focusing on Hispanic myths and monsters! This week I’ll also have another “what I’m into” post. I’m enjoying the feedback I get about what you guys are reading and watching and doing quite a bit. I’ll also be publishing a new feminist post on Friday. And there might be another thing or two during the week.

I’m definitely going to be updating some of the pages this week. And at some point I’m going to make myself begin the arduous task of going through the media files and adding some alt text and doing a lot of things I didn’t know how to do when I started blogging. Much like The Great Categorization, this is going to be tedious, so if we were having coffee I’d probably bitch about it a bit.

And then I’d realize how very long I’ve been talking today. Whoops! I bid you adieu with this, a subtle reminder:
the (De)Caffeinated Confessions and Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction competitions are open until the end of Jan 2016; all submission fees go toward helping unite 9 year old Noah Ainslie with his service dog, Appa, and provide the pup with the proper training. Please donate, submit, and/or share Noah’s story.

(Link up your coffee posts below, and don’t forget to use #weekendcoffeeshare on Twitter and Facebook!



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  1. Nothing worse than having a child who is not well and needing various tests and whatnot. I’ve totally been there. Hope all gets resolved soon.
    Writing has gotten me through a pretty rough year and I hope it helps you too. It sure sounds like it does – coming from one who’s just “met” you and has no clue… 🙂

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  2. I’ll bet the Christmas parade was fun. It’s so nice to see these events through your child’s eyes–makes you feel young again! Your planned writing sounds intense but I’m sure it will be good to get onto paper. I write light YA fantasy but I’ve been toying with an idea for some much darker themed contemporary fiction. Maybe after the first of the year, after my ideas have had some time to steep for a while. Also–your nonprofit activity sounds great. I haven’t done any charity work for a while, but you’ve inspired me! Thanks for all you do hosting the weekend coffee share.

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    1. We had a really good time Saturday, especially at the parade! We know some of the people who are in the parade, too, so the kiddos some special recognition as they came by.

      And it is nice to get the darker things onto paper, whether they’re from experience or just from the imagination. It’s a bit like spitting out the poison.

      And thanks–I work for the nonprofit on a part-time, as needed basis, doing donation pick-ups and various oddments on social media, and it’s been a lot of fun so far. I really enjoy the work.


  3. I hope that Little Jedi will be completely fine as soon as possible, you must be quite worried.
    I have realised that Gene’O has disappeared more and more from the blogosphere, and I do hope that he’ll be back! I also hope that you’ll be better yourself!
    I am looking forward to your post for my blog this week 🙂 and I hope that I’ll be back with Coffee Shares after Christmas, I just want to avoid double posting, especially when I have guest around.
    Since your Monster series is going, I have been thinking of asking you if I could contribute, but I cannot think of any monsters… and that when the Grimm fairy tales are rather full of them.
    Have a good Sunday!

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    1. Thanks. We’re a bit worried, but he seems to be in good hands. We see the doc tomorrow.

      And I hope that Gene’O will be back, too, but I’m just not sure when. It’ll be at least the beginning of the year before he’s able to return to blogging. Just lots going on in his world right now.

      I’m looking forward to the post, too! I need to stop by and read some of the others, as I’ve been a bit slow about doing that recently.

      I’d love to have you here for a Monster Monday sometime! Just e-mail me with ideas you have, or we can brainstorm one. 🙂


  4. I hope the issues with LJ can be resolved soon. Nothing can be more stressful than a child not feeling well. Poor thing!
    There’s so much I don’t know how to do on my own blog that it overwhelms me! I probably should do what you plan to do, but don’t have the time or knowledge. I’d screw it up for sure! ☺️

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    1. Thanks! Little Jedi is mostly feeling ok, but we’re trying to keep it that way! Hopefully the doc can give us some answers to the wheezing issue and get him all set up tomorrow.

      I’m still learning about blogging–there are constantly things that make me say “oh, I didn’t even know that you could do that.” lol

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      1. Everything is just changing so much — I just get use to blog format and they change it! Same with web sites…it’s hard to keep up let alone find something new. 🤔

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  5. Hope the pup’s allergy was able to be sorted out. I’ve had a number of allergic dogs and tried all sorts of things with differing amounts of effectiveness. Hope Jedi’s breathing also gets sorted out. Perhaps he has allergies also but no doubt all the tests will work out the problem. Once you know what you are dealing with it makes it a little easier. Sorry to hear you have been down a bit lately. I can understand you missing your blogging partner. Sometimes life just gets in the way but would we want it to be different. Sounds like you have a lot on so hope you have a great enjoyable and productive week and that both human and doggy loved ones getting better quickly. 🙂

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    1. We think we might’ve gotten Tank’s allergies sorted—he’s most likely allergic to chicken and pork proteins, so we switched foods and are treating him for the infection, too.

      We’re also working on things with Little Jedi—we’ll know more tomorrow.

      I do have a lot going on, but I think that definitely helps with the depression and anxiety issues, at least somewhat. The doctor and vet visits up the ante of my worrying a bit, but at least we’re not looking at anything serious.

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  6. Writing personal stuff is hard, but often necessary, says the memoir writer. 🙂 Good luck with that.
    I know it’s going to get so much busier… I’m scheduling time to deep breathe every day. ahhhhhhhhh. ~Tara


  7. Thank you for the update on Gene’O. I’ve been wondering how he is doing.

    You sound good. I’m glad you are feeling better. I hope the issues with Little Jedi work out and the doctor is able to help him breathe easier.

    Take care…keep busy. I think it helps with depression, at least it does with me.

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    1. He’s doing ok, but he’s really busy and such, so he won’t be around for a while, alas.

      Keeping busy does help quite a bit with the depression and anxiety issues, for sure–I’ve noticed a real difference since I picked my activity level back up some.


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